Pikeville Moves-On in Upset Over Vanguard
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – [BOX SCORE] Just 24 hours after advancing to the second round of the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship for the first time in team history, Pikeville (Ky.) pulled its second consecutive upset. The Bears shot just over 46 percent on Friday in their 77-57 win over No. 2-seed Vanguard (Calif.).
Pikeville (25-8) put together another big performance in which three different players chipped-in double digits. Though the final result was not close, the first half was, as Vanguard kept itself in the thick of it through the first 20 minutes.
After going down 2-0, the Bears put together an 11-0 run to take an early 11-2 lead with 7:50 remaining in the quarter. Vanguard, however, pushed right back.
Down by eight with 5:42 remaining in the first, Kandyce Smith knocked-down back-to-back triples to bring the deficit down to two, and by the end of the period, Vanguard had pulled ahead 20-18.
Vanguard led by as many as five in the second quarter before Pikeville took control of the lead, and later the game. The Bears ran-off 12 unanswered points, capped-off with a 3-pointer by Devin Conley, and took the lead, 32-25.
After taking a five-point lead into halftime, the Bears built onto its lead. Pikeville went on a 13-4 run to begin the half and never looked back. Aundrea Matchen led the team with 20 points and four steals. Conley finished her game an astounding 5-for-9 from behind the arc and Kandice Porter notched 14 points.
Pikeville shot just under 78 percent from the free throw line as a team in limited trips, but recorded 17 steals in the game.
Vanguard shot just a hair shy of 35 percent. Two Lions, Melissa Norman and Claire Lamunu, recorded double-doubles in the game as the team ended its season in the second round for the second time in three years.
With the win, Pikeville will advance to the third round of the 2016 NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship where they will face the winner of No. 5-seed Great Fall (Mont.) and No. 1-seed Lyon (Ark.). Tip-off is scheduled for Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, Mo.